Rinpoche teaching at Upaya with Manjushri in the background
The first evening was a public book talk attended by both the retreat participants and the public. With joy and brilliance Rinpoche led everyone through the main themes of Open Heart, Open Mind. Those who attended were captivated by the beauty and direct practicality of Rinpoche’s teachings on essence love. The retreat continued with talks on Saturday and Sunday, and Upaya Center’s beautiful adobe Zendo shrine hall only added to Rinpoche’s warm presentation on how to work with the mind. Roshi Joan Halifax was an extremely gracious host and warm presence, and as you looked around the room at any given moment during the retreat it would have been difficult to not find a smile on the participants faces. Overall the retreat was short, but very sweet!
Upaya Meditation Hall with retreatants
Rinpoche with Roshi Joan Halifax at Upaya